Time Warner Goes Wi-Fi for Final Four


Time Warner Cable will offer its Road Runner subscribers in San Antonio "Road Runner Speed Zones" -- high-speed 802.11 Wi-Fi hot spots across the market.

The MSO is teaming up with Airespace Inc., which is providing the wireless-local-area-network system.

The first hot spot up and running is San Antonio’s Rivercenter Courtyard, which will allow attendees to the NCAA men’s Final Four basketball tournament this weekend high-speed Internet access on Wi-Fi enabled laptops, personal digital assistants or other devices.

"Airespace offered us the best solution for maintaining a high-quality, high-performance wireless network for Time Warner Cable," said Jeff Henry, vice president of marketing and new product development for the MSO’s San Antonio system, in a prepared statement.

"We chose the Airespace platform for its unique ability to dynamically reconfigure itself to accommodate changes in user volumes and traffic patterns, ensuring that Road Runner Speed Zones can deliver consistent, secure and reliable Wi-Fi services, regardless of the amount of load place on the wireless network," he added.

Time Warner said client data is protected because login information is passed through a secure-sockets layer with 128-bit encryption. Clients can’t see each other on the network because of intelligent hardware Road Runner uses to distribute the wireless signal throughout the venue.

Wireless users log on with their existing Road Runner electronic-mail addresses and passwords; purchase or receive cards from Road Runner Speed Zone businesses in 15-, 30- or 60-minute increments; or pay with credit cards for access time.

The cards will supply wireless users with access codes that allow them to access the Internet.